Community event to celebrate success of Mount, Newburgh Ministry alliance
March 07, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Mount Saint Mary College teacher candidates Emily Meehan of
Warwick, N.Y. (left) and Christina Vakirtzis of Beacon, N.Y.
(right) help improve local children’s literacy skills at the
Mount Saint Mary College and the Newburgh Ministry will
chronicle the success of their longstanding alliance at a community
meet and greet on Thursday, March 23 at 6 p.m. at Mount Saint Mary
“Working Together: Mount Saint Mary College Service Learning
with The Newburgh Ministry” will take place at Mount’s Kaplan
Family Mathematics, Science and Technology Center Atrium. The
college is located at 330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh, N.Y. The event
is free and the public is invited. Wine and cheese will be
Learn how faculty and students are engaged in service learning
through volunteering their time, energy, and expertise at the
Newburgh Ministry, while aiding the underserved in the City of
Newburgh. Scheduled speakers include Colin Jarvis, executive
director of the Newburgh Ministry, and Dr. David Kennett, President
of Mount Saint Mary College.
The Newburgh Ministry is a culturally diverse, grassroots
organization located in the City of Newburgh’s east end. It offers
dignity and hope to those who enter seeking shelter, resources,
solace, and fellowship. In an atmosphere of care, hospitality, and
non-violence, the ministry strives to improve living conditions,
transform lives, and honor God.
Mount Saint Mary College has participated in Newburgh Ministry
projects and services for many years. Through the college’s Campus
Ministry, students regularly donate hundreds of food and clothing
items per year, as well as volunteering their time.
The Mount’s School of Nursing has assisted Newburgh Ministry’s
physician in charge through the aid of nursing students, who enjoy
tempering their classwork with the real-life experience. The School
of Business has also volunteered their time and students, including
helping the underserved complete their taxes in February, March,
and April though the Tax Aide program.
The college’s Sigma Tau chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), the
International Honor Society in Education, has recently initiated
the literacy program at the Newburgh Ministry. After less than six
months, it is already a great success.
The Division of Arts and Letters’ public relations students have
worked with the Newburgh Ministry, as have members of Mount Media,
the college’s creative agency made up of students. The group
created a video for the 30th anniversary of the Newburgh Ministry
that aided in the organization’s fundraising efforts.
Dean Goldberg, associate professor of communication arts and
film studies, serves as vice president of The Newburgh Ministry
Board of Directors. Sr. Margaret Anderson, OP, Mount Saint Mary
College Board vice chair; Sr. Patricia Sullivan ‘64, OP, professor
emerita of mathematics; and Fr. Francis Amodio, O.Carm., campus
chaplain and director of the Mount’s Campus Ministry, are all also
currently serving or have served as members of the Newburgh